Congratulations

Rulon Nutira and Kata McLean, with their whānau, have moved to Gundagai in New South Wales (two hours inland from Canberra). Deciding to make the most of an opportunity to have a lifestyle change, Rulon signed up to play rugby league for the Gundagai Tigers in the Country League. This comes on the back of a successful 2013 season where Rulon was man of the match in the Premier Grand Final, playing for his home club Hornby Panthers, who won against the Halswell Hornets.

He also represented Canterbury Māori, Canterbury (Southern) and the NZ Māori against an Indigenous side from Australia. It was after these games that he was offered a couple of Australian contracts. He chose Gundagai. The whānau are beginning to acclimatise to the much warmer weather and the girls have settled in to school life. All the whānau are mindful of keeping a watchful eye out for the wildlife, including snakes, which have already been spotted on the property.

Rulon Nutira and Mathew Sauni (Rulon’s Canterbury Bulls team mate also signed for Gundagai).

Rulon Nutira and Mathew Sauni (Rulon’s Canterbury Bulls team mate also signed for Gundagai).

Rangitiriao and Te Atarau in their Gundagai school uniform.

Rangitiriao and Te Atarau in their Gundagai school uniform.